Battle of the Brits could be Jamie and Andy Murray’s final act together in doubles

Andy Murray and Jamie Murray Credit: Alamy

The battle of the English in Scotland could be the last time tennis fans will see legendary brothers Jamie and Andy Murray play doubles together.

The Murray brothers have carried the torch for Scotland and Great Britain in singles and doubles for the past two decades and were also part of the British team that won the Davis Cup title in 2015.

Andy has won three Grand Slam singles titles, two Olympic gold matches in singles and is a former world No. 1, while Jamie has won seven major doubles titles – two men’s doubles and five mixed doubles titles – while he was leading the ATP doubles rankings.

They have not played too many doubles matches including their last professional meetings in 2016 at the Rio Olympics and Davis Cup semifinal loss to Argentina.

The duo will team up in doubles at the upcoming Battle of the Brits between Scotland and England at the P&J Live arena in Aberdeen on 21 and 22 December.

Asked by BBC Radio Scotland if this could be their last event together, Jamie replied: ‘It certainly is possible.

“I don’t know what his plans are, really. I guess it depends on how she’s playing, how her body feels.

“It’s not like we have a lot of opportunities to do that. This was a major reason for holding the event in the first place.

The brothers are in the twilight of their careers as Jamie turns 37 in February and Andy 36 in May.

Jamie has slipped to No. 36 in the doubles rankings, winning just one tournament in 2022, while his latest Grand Slam title came in mixed doubles partnering Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States at the 2020 Australian Open.

He’s set to team up with New Zealander Mark Venus in the new year and has no plans to retire just yet.

Jamie added: “I still love going out, competing against the best players, playing the biggest tournaments.

“As long as I can keep doing it, I want to do it.”

The battle of the British kicks off next Wednesday with Cameron Norrie taking on Jack Draper in the opening match before Andy Murray plays Dan Evans.

Thursday’s afternoon session will see Jamie Murray and Jonny O’Mara take on Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski in doubles while Andy takes on Draper. The evening session will kick off with Norrie taking on Evans before the Murray brothers play against Salisbury and Skupski.

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